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Elvis: Linda Thompson’s story of The King’s lavish generosity ‘He looked like a greek god’

Aside from being The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley was well-known for his incredible generosity. Charitable to local causes in Memphis, the star also often gave away cars to his friends, family and sometimes strangers. And now former girlfriend Linda Thompson has shared a touching story of Elvis’ lavish generosity to her.

Linda famously lived with Elvis at Graceland from 1972-1976 and regularly shares memories and photos of her time as The King’s girlfriend on her Instagram.

In her latest post, the 71-year-old shared a picture of Elvis, possibly on his Lisa Marie private jet considering the curvature of the roof, dressed in white.

Linda captioned the post, which includes more photos of the couple together: “Flashback Friday… To that time Elvis just nonchalantly walked into the room dressed in all white…

“Looking like a Greek God…with a beautiful blue diamond ring encircled with white diamonds set in platinum & said ‘Here honey I got this for you.’

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Linda added: “I answered, ‘What? Why? It’s not my birthday or Christmas or any special occasion.’

“Elvis smiled that crooked little smile of his and softly said, ‘Because it’s Tuesday, and I love you.’”

A few years ago Linda published her memoir, A Little Thing Called Life: Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and Songs in Between.

And while promoting the book, the Miss Tennessee model remembered “the greatest love imaginable” from The King.

Linda added: “I didn’t want to be one of those people that just jumped on the bandwagon and wrote a book and made a profit at his expense and to capitalise on that relationship. I was very guarded about that. 

“I wanted to carve out my own position in life, write my own songs, carve out my own career, have my kids and my family and then write about my life and where he fit into it, which is, of course, the greatest love imaginable.”

While more recently she confessed: “I think first of all he would be proud of me and how I have tried two conduct my life in a way that has always respected him and his memory.

“That’s first and foremost to me. I’m a fan as much as anybody else is a fan of Elvis Presley. Also he was the love of my life. I adored him.”

Published at Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:13:00 +0000

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No Time To Die: WATCH Daniel Craig’s tearful farewell after shooting last James Bond scene

This moment also features in Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story, a free documentary about the actor’s time as 007 available on Apple TV until October 7.

During the special, the star admitted he almost didn’t return to make No Time To Die.

He said: “I don’t want to go on about how hard Spectre was, but it was tough and I needed a break. I needed to kind of switch off, to getaway.

“And I genuinely felt psychologically at the end of that film, ‘Maybe I’m just too old.’”

Published at Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:38:00 +0000

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Vanguard Open Beta UK: Release time and beta codes for PS4, Xbox One and PC

The good news for everyone waiting to join the Call of Duty Vanguard open beta this weekend is Activision has set up a site to provide beta codes.

This means if you play on PlayStation, Xbox or PC platforms, you can download and join in on the multiplayer action right now, rather than waiting for the open beta release time for Xbox and PC.

For those that might have missed its announcement, Call of Duty Vanguard is the next COD game launching this year in the UK, North America and Europe.

Scheduled to arrive in November, the new COD title is based on the WW2 era and boasts an extensive campaign covering the more famous theatres of war.

And this week has seen the development team launch the Call of Duty Vanguard beta, complete with fresh content to play through.

The open beta is already live on PS4 and PS5, with other platforms set to follow later today in the UK.

And soon enough, Activision will be flipping the switch and removing the need for anyone to have a beta code.

However, if you are on Xbox or PC and want to join in now without pre-ordering the game, there is a way to snag a beta code.

All you have to do is head over to the Call of Duty site, click through to the beta page and select the code option for any platform.


And this weekend, gamers will get to play through new content, including Search & Destroy and the Eagle’s Nest map that can be played across all five core modes.


The Call of Duty Vanguard open beta release date and time has been set for 6pm BST on September 18, 2021.

However, as noted above, you can grab a code for any platform right now and jump in whenever you want.

No pre-order is required for this Open Beta period – furthermore, for Xbox Series X and S along with Xbox One owners, Xbox Live Gold is not required for this part of the Beta.

As the name suggests, crossplay will be active through the Beta’s second weekend, allowing you to play with friends so long as you have each other’s Activision IDs to party up across platforms.

A message from Activision adds: “Those who have downloaded the Beta will be able to cross-launch into it via Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone™, or Modern Warfare from the main menu for any of those games.

“Simply move your joystick or mouse to the far left “blade” of this main menu, and you will be able to launch into the Vanguard Beta. Alternatively, you can launch into the application directly without needing to go into any of the three full Call of Duty experiences.”

Published at Sat, 18 Sep 2021 06:17:14 +0000

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Apex Legends server status: Respawn warns Unable to connect error could last days

The most recent Apex Legends Season 10 update has left lasting issues for gamers trying to play through the new content.

While a new event is currently ongoing, many gamers are still seeing issues with Apex Legends servers.

This includes being disconnected from matches and being unable to connect to EA hosted games.

The good news is that Respawn is working on the problem and is hoping to solve it as quickly as possible.

“However, we believe some problems will require work through the weekend. Sincere apologies—we’re working as quickly as we can on a fix.”

And today has seen Respawn posted a new update that suggests things might not return to normal until around September 22.

Respawn confirmed the news to fans on Twitter, telling Apex Legends gamers: “Despite improvements today, we’re still seeing roughly three times the normal rate of disconnect errors in Apex Legends, and a full return to normal may take until our next planned patch on Sept 22. We’ll extend the current ranked split by one week—that update will go live Monday.”

A growing number of reports have been coming in regarding disconnects from servers and it appears the same issues will continue during peak hours through the weekend.

Published at Sat, 18 Sep 2021 01:37:02 +0000

Pokemon Unite Mobile release date: Here’s when you can play on Android and iOS

Pokemon Unite has already been downloaded millions of times on Nintendo Switch, and soon that number will grow massively with its launch on Mobile platforms.

The good news is that the Pokemon Company is doing everything it needs to ensure that next week’s big launch doesn’t end in overloaded servers.

The only downside is that it means a lot of downtime and maintenance before Pokemon Unite hits Mobile.

The development team behind the hit MOBA has confirmed that Unite will be in maintenance on September 21 from 2:00PM until 12:00AM PT.

For Nintendo Switch gamers in the UK, that means Pokemon Unite becoming unplayable at around 10pm BST on the same day.

During this time, the game will not be playable while the team make adjustments and prepare for the mobile launch.


The Pokemon Company has confirmed that the Pokemon Unite Mobile release date has been set for Wednesday, September 22.

The Pokemon Unite Android and iOS launches are expected to happen around the same time.

And based on the maintenance being planned, Pokemon Unite should be available to play sometime after 8am BST on September 22.

A message from the Pokemon Company adds: “Pokémon UNITE was released on Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2021, and soon, Trainers will get a new way to play with the release of the mobile version on September 22, 2021.

“Preregistration has already kicked off on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you haven’t preregistered already, there’s an added incentive to do so. If preregistration totals reach 2,500,000, participants will receive a Pikachu Unite license.

“And if preregistration numbers hit 5,000,000, participants will get a special Holowear—Festival Style: Pikachu!

“If and when those thresholds are reached, claim the Pikachu Unite license and Holowear by logging in to the mobile version of Pokémon UNITE and completing the log-in event by October 31, 2021, at 7:59 a.m. PDT. Players who already have the Pikachu Unite license will receive Aeos coins instead.”

Pitting teams of Pokemon against each other is nothing new, but the gameplay included in Pokemon Unite is very different from the battles people have grown to know.

Pokemon Unite takes place on Aeos Island, a mythical location on the ocean’s unexplored frontier.

On Aeos Island, players will find the Unite Battle Committee (UBC), which runs a series of Unite Battle tournaments.

And in Unite Battles, players form teams of five and compete against each other to see who can score the most points before time runs out.

Bringing the traditional PC gameplay to Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch is not without its challenges, but it looks like plenty of fans are ready to test out the new formula.

Published at Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:44:47 +0000

FIFA 22 Web App release date: When does Fifa 22 Web App come out?

The FIFA 22 Web App is coming, and EA Sports has provided a release date for when gamers will log in for the first time.

And while it doesn’t sound like a particularly important event, fans of the Ultimate Team experience can’t wait to get started.

Like in the past, the FIFA 22 Web App will make it possible to control your FUT team outside of the game.

It traditionally arrives before the full game is released, meaning you can start building your Ultimate Team early outside of FIFA 22.

And there will be plenty of stuff to get started with when you do have access to the FIFA 22 Web App and Companion App later this month.

This includes being able to name your team, select kits and stadiums, claim daily rewards and complete challenges.

Some of these features may remain locked during the official release date, but most will be available.

And the most significant two features will be opening FUT Packs and checking out the new trading system.

As mentioned above, you might have to wait until the game’s early access to do all of this, but it will still be worth checking out the Web App as soon as you can.

Trading is expected to be very similar to past Web App features and will be one of the first places FIFA 22 fans will go.


According to EA Sports, the FIFA 22 Web App release date has been set for Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

A message on the official FIFA site adds: “The FUT Web App and other FIFA Web features are down for maintenance while we prepare for FIFA 22. The new web app launches on September 22nd.”

The release time can be tricky to get right as there can be huge delays on the day of release.

But based on previous years, we would expect the FIFA Web App to launch after 6pm BST.

The Companion App is also expected to arrive around the same time but as this will require a patch to access, there could be a longer wait.

We would suggest trying to use the Web App first, as this might prove to be the most stable platform.

And below are some of the new features being promised for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team when it does go live:


Advance through a new competitive structure in Divison Rivals – your chance to take on the FUT Community online. Win matches to progress through new stages, ranks, and divisions on your way to better weekly rewards. Stay at the right level for your skill with checkpoints and accelerate your progress with win streaks that get you further, faster. Division resets at the end of each Season in FUT 22 determine where you start your next Division Rivals journey.


Get rewarded for your performance each week and Season in FUT 22. Winning matches each week will increase your rank within a division and qualify you for better weekly rewards, while every match you play counts towards seasonal milestones – with end of season rewards based on the number of matches you play, regardless of wins or losses.

Published at Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:51:50 +0000

Call of Duty Vanguard Xbox, PC open beta release time: Bad news for non-PlayStation users

Call of Duty Vanguard’s beta will be available to all Xbox and PC users very shortly.

The second Call of Duty Vanguard beta weekend is already live for all PlayStation users, as well as pre-order customers on Xbox and PC.

If you’re an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One or PC user without a Call of Duty Vanguard pre-order, then the bad news is that you’ll have to wait a little longer to play.

The Call of Duty Vanguard open beta on Xbox and PC has a September 18 release date.

The servers will open up to all players from 6pm BST on Saturday evening, although there’s a chance it will go live a little earlier.

The beta is scheduled to end at the same time on September 20, which gives fans a couple of days to play.

To ensure you don’t miss a second of the action, fans are encouraged to pre-load the beta early.

The Call of Duty Vanguard beta weighs in between 11-16 GB on Xbox devices, so it’s not too big.

It’s also worth pointing out that the open beta doesn’t require Xbox Gold, which frees up all Xbox players.

In terms of content, the Call of Duty Vanguard beta will spotlight the new Champion Hill tournament mode. 

Champion Hill made its debut during the recent Alpha test. It’s described as a multi-arena survival tournament, “where tactics and strategy combine with quick-action, close-quarter gunplay”.

The Vanguard beta also includes classic game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination and Kill Confirmed.

Elsewhere, fans can check out the brand new Patrol multiplayer mode, which features moving objectives across three different maps.

Speaking of maps, the Call of Duty Vanguard multiplayer beta includes the Hotel Royal, Gavutu, and Red Star locations.

Players will be able to rank up to level 30 during the beta, and there’s a special bonus for anybody who reaches level 20.

Reach level 20 during the multiplayer Vanguard beta and you’ll receive a bonus Weapon Blueprint for the full game in November.

Similarly, weapon XP will be capped at level 30 in the beta, while Operator XP and Clan XP will only be available when the game launches this year.

And don’t worry about your Battle Pass in Cold War and Warzone, because progress made in the beta will count towards your Battle Pass rewards.

Published at Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:04:00 +0000

Gunpowder Milkshake REVIEW: Shallow and unconvincing action

Sadly, I suspect every cinemagoer and Sky Cinema subscriber will recognise at least one of the far better movies this far-from-explosive film attempts to rip off.

A fatally miscast Karen Gillan plays Sam, a charisma-free version of Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill assassin who does a Léon by breaking a contract to protect an innocent young girl (Chloe Coleman) in a heightened John Wick-style fantasy world of rule-based organised crime.

After teaming up with her estranged killer mum (Lena Headey) and her Kingsman-esque secret society of gun-toting librarians (Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino), Sam has to fight off a gang of goons sent by a Russian crime lord (Ralph Ineson) seeking revenge for the assassination of his son (John Wick again).

Director Navot Papushado’s use of garish neon colours and consciously artificial sets is more likely to induce headaches than gasps of admiration.

The dialogue is witless, the heroine is dull and, worst of all, the fights scenes are unconvincing.

After nearly two hours, we get to the finale — a sub-Zack Snyder slow-motion gunfight ironically cut to a Dylan cover — and this shallow spectacle has tipped into self-parody.

Published at Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:01:00 +0000

Lindsey Buckingham REVIEW – Creative Peak shows that there is life beyond Mac

Stevie Nicks was Lindsey’s ex and gave her bandmates an ultimatum three years ago: “Either [he] goes or I do.” Peggy Mitchell may have said, “Get out of my band!”

Mac-xit was the result. Lindsey, who had written Tusk Big Love and You’re Your Own Way, was fired.

The situation got even worse. Kristen, Kristen’s wife filed for divorce after Kristen suffered a massive heart attack and lost her voice.

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Swan Song, the driving Swan Song, vents his frustration with the band’s inability to record, asking “Has Stevie lost her sight?” “Has the queen [Stevie] lost her sight?”

The dreamy, but determined I Don’t Mind addresses love’s ups-and-downs. Scream, the opening song, is an open celebration of marital love. Joy and pain can coexist in this, he states.

These 10 songs were recorded in Lindsey’s studio. They show that he hasn’t lost any of his songwriting skills. Inspired by Kristen’s attempt to get the family on a horse ranch in rural Kentucky, the melancholy Santa Rosa has a huge chorus and the addicting toe-tapper Power Down.

Blind Love, 60s inspired with a hint of the Beach Boys, covers Time 60s folk classic Time. Time, how did it get there?

Lindsey Buckingham has reached 72 years old, which is a time when many rockers can be content to churn out their best hits. This album, along with his 2017 album, shows that he has reached a new level of creativity.

Publited Fri, 17 Sep 2021 at 14:57.56 +0000

Then, Away… Bob Mortimer’s autobiography, the comic hero who was reluctant to admit it

Bob’s vividly surreal and funny stories from his youth give the impression that he was a fun-loving chap who enjoyed mischief and mayhem along with his loyal friends. But, as Bob explains in his compelling and sometimes poignant memoir Vic Reeves saved him when he was 25, and he is now living a lonely life.

Bob’s father was killed in a car crash when he was seven years old. From that point on his attention was focused on his mother.

He was plagued by crippling shyness throughout his school years and saw his hopes dashed when Middlesbrough FC rejected him as a teenager.

He was lonely during his university years and suffered from depression for five year.

Bob’s story of hard times, while not a misery tale, is filled with humor and escapades. He comes off as a charming, genial and humble man. His low self-esteem is especially ill-placed.

Part 2 opens in 1988. Bob is living in London’s homeless hostel, and working as a Legal Aid solicitor. He feels demoralized by all the difficulties of helping people in need.

Alan, a Middlesbrough acquaintance, approached Bob and invited him to see a friend perform above the local pub. Bob was reluctant to go along, as it was his only contact with social life.

It was Vic Reeves Big Night Out. Bob was awestruck. After the performance, Vic introduced Bob to Vic. Bob began going to his shows regularly and drinking with Vic, Alan and their friends.

Vic invited Bob onstage to give Vic a check when the show moved to a bigger venue.

Bob gradually became more involved with performing and writing and the show grew in popularity until it was commissioned by Channel 4 at 4:90 in 1990.

Bob quit his day job to embrace rock ‘n roll, and began hobnobbing around with Jarvis Cocker or Liam Gallagher.

Groucho Club members were invited to join him on the most popular Show Shooting Stars. He then went on to host a number of beloved shows together with Vic from Catterick up to House Of Fools.

After meeting Lisa, his partner in showbiz and becoming a father to two children, he decided to leave the entertainment industry.

Although open heart surgery was a significant experience in 2015, Bob’s survival brought a renewed lease on life.

Paul Whitehouse filmed Gone Fishing, his fourth series. It helped Whitehouse find his voice behind the camera.

The author ends his speech by asking readers to “take a quiet one” and to encourage them to shine.

Vic deserves our gratitude for bringing Bob Mortimer, the legendary figure in the spotlight.

and Away… Bob Mortimer (Simon & Schuster), PS20

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Publiated at Thu 16 Sep 2021, 23:01:00 +0000